The IndependentBy Mena and Dave Sprague
Published: The Indepemdent, Monday, November 30, 2009 12:46 PM CST

This is part two (see 11-21-09 Independent) of our saga in seeking affordable and essential health care. It is intended to help those who have insurance but cannot afford the co-pay.

The Spragues live on the family farm and are concerned with quality of life, peace and justice issues. Central Nebraska Concerned Citizens takes up topics that affect citizens in Central Nebraska and the world. Comments and suggestions may be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Dave was diagnosed with osteo-arthritis in the hips. He was told hip replacement was the only treatment. He researched treatments online and discovered hip resurfacing. Unable to pay the co-pay, he chose an overseas alternative.

Read more: No one in Belgium dies from lack of medical care

by Koen De Smet, MD; Alessandro Calistri, MD
AMC Ghent, Krijgslaan 181, 9000 Ghent, Belgium
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Background: While providing superior hardness and improved wear characteristics, hard bearings such as metal-on-metal, or ceramic-on-ceramics bearings have different lubrication properties than hard on soft (metal- or ceramic-on-poly) bearing couples. A failure in this lubrication mechanism in metal-on-metal resurfacing prostheses can lead to squeaking and has been reported by different authors. Other more frequently encountered acoustic phenomena in resurfacing are clicking, popping or grinding noises that patients may experience in different episodes of their prosthesis life.

Read more: Acoustic Phenomena in Hip Resurfacing

A word of explanation here by Liz Smith – Peggy Siegal keeps New York, L.A., Cannes, the Hamptons  and places elsewhere au courant with what’s what at the movies. She arranges screenings for everybody and brings out the VIPs in abundance. She knows everyone who is anyone and a few who aren’t. She is a most delightful and adorable person, always on her BlackBerry, arranging parties that will do somebody some good, and on top of this she is an authority on matters of beauty, health and staying young. Let me add, she is also one of the best-dressed young career women I have ever met. Here’s her holiday missive from Europe!

Published in:, 29-12-2008

Read more: Liz Smith: P.R. Maven Peggy Siegal Gives Us Christmas in Ghent
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